In our series “Your Ward, Your Corporator”, this time NMTV Correspondent Monika Bhosale visited ward no. 41 in Pawne village at Mahape. The Pawne village has the distinction of representing the last Mayor of Navi Mumbai Manisha Bhoir. This village voted two women members of the Bhoir family to NMMC in the last municipal elections. Take a look the progress report card of one of them – NCP Corporator from Ward No. 41 Meenal Bhoir. Pawne Village and nearby settlements at Mahape have been the stronghold of the Bhoir family. In the last municipal elections, voters of the region elected two women members of the Bhoir family to NMMC – one former Mayor Manisha Bhoir from Shramik Nagar and the other Meenal Bhoir who represents ward no. 41 – both the corporators were elected from the NCP party. Meenal Bhoir’s ward no. 41 includes Pawne village, Varlipada, Ganpatipada and Indira Nagar. As the corporator’s debut tenure is coming to an end, NMTV Correspondent Monika Bhosale visited the ward to speak to locals for their take on their corporator’s progress report card. The first grievance that haunts the area according to the locals is pollution from chemical companies here. Air pollution has been adversely affecting the health of the locals. Fears of locals had turned into their worst nightmares in March 2009 when an incident of gas leakage in Pawne was reported. Evidently, locals live in fear that they shared with NMTV News. Some locals made serious allegations of the local political leaders have nexus with the chemical companies violating pollution norms as the reason for inaction against them. While this is the gravest issue, even minor civic work in the area are in a mess. For instance, the moment you enter the village one can see dirt and filth every where. Not just gutters but even the nullah running through the village has been converted into a dumping ground of sorts where garbage has piled into hazardous affluent left into the nullah by chemical companies. Open gutters strewn with garbage have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and all sorts of diseases. Some locals made serious and shocking allegations that their corporator Meenal Bhoir’s husband Anil Bhoir takes NMMC contracts of the area. Even the demand of a toilet has not been met for years. Due to this women of the area have to go the hilly side. Some time back arrangements for a temporary toilet were made but sewerage from it was left into the gutters. While this poses as another health threat, the timings restrictions to the toilet make things difficult. Even the Balwadi made for children by the money collected by locals is dotted with political banners. We also met the local political leadership on the civic horrors that plagues Pawne. Shashikant Bhoir – former NCP corporator now defected to Congress corporator who heads the political work of the Bhoir family outright refuted any nexus with chemical companies. On the other hand Corporator Meenal Bhoir voiced satisfaction on the work done by her. She added that on her part she has always been there for public issues. However, despite the claims of the public representatives of Pawne village, locals are disappointed with their corporator’s performance. In fact some don’t even know their corporator, others say that she never came to visit her ward while some added that she was seen only during elections when she came appealing for votes. No matter what the local political leader and corporator claims, one visit to Pawne village leaves no doubt that there is still a lot to be done to ensure decent and hygienic living conditions for the locals of the village. Going by the words of the locals, it’s unfortunate that despite this ward being represented by the former Mayor Manisha Bhoir, she failed to do justice to the inhuman conditions that locals on Pawne village and nearby areas live in; today. With Monika Bhosale, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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